|Beyond tentmaking: a study in bivocational ministry - Doran, Frederick Henry.|
The aim of this project/thesis is to explore and reflect upon the ramifications of the relationship between parish ministry and real estate, and to lift up a unique kind of ministry to scrutiny, it is also its aim to make certain recommendations to future ministers, to seminary professors, to denominational officials, and to those engaged in the real estate business. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Part-time employment
|Nepantla as indigenous middle space : Developing biblical reading strategies for queer Latina/os - Diaz, Michael A.|
Biblical reading strategies are continually emerging for oppressed peoples, including Latina/os and LGBT folk. The indigenous principle of nepantla (middle space) serves as a distinct and profitable hermeneutic in defining the unique queer Latina/o experience and opens the door to beneficial biblical reading strategies. When using queer experiences of indigenous Mesoamerica to inform and expand cultural memory, queer Latina/os are able to develop biblical reading strategies that affirm rather th...
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church; Bible--Hermeneutics; Hispanic American theology; Hispanic American gays; Hispanic American Protestants
|Las posadas: Hispanic ministry and the Episcopal Church in the diocese of Massachusetts - Dickson, Priscilla Nye.|
This project thesis will present: first, some understanding of the social location and spirituality of Hispanics and the Episcopal Church, a description of what happened in meetings, and third, the theological foundation for the work. Finally I present a model which will hopefully be useful for others who are working to help groups of people of different backgrounds to understand each other and work together...
Keywords: Church work with Hispanic Americans--Episcopal Church
|A baptismal model for ministry in the Episcopal Church - Shumard, Jim.|
Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist are the two primary sacraments of the Church and The Book of Common Prayer clearly puts them at the core of our liturgical life together and at the core of ministry. I hope in this thesis to, in the words of Fredrica Thompsett, “weave a tapestry of advice,” which clearly lifts up the symbols and values of baptism and the ministry of the baptized as expressed in the liturgies of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist...
Keywords: Lay ministry--Episcopal Church
|Dangerous remembering: allies in resistance and recovery - Crouse, Megan A.|
Investigate what I would call “helping” or “healing” relationships between survivors and their “allies,” focusing in particular on those of us who profess religious, spiritual or theological dimensions in our work. Because we allies operate in many different arenas: social work, pastoral care, political advocacy, education, religious congregations, psychotherapy and spiritual direction, for example, I am interested in exploring what may be our common experiences of trauma and recover...
Keywords: Psychic trauma--Treatment development--Religious aspects--Christianity
|Anti-oppression and feminist pedagogies for online feminist liberation theological education - Hipsher, B. K.|
In this paper I will look at pedagogical models that make space for mutual support and encouragement, interactive dialogical learning, respectful conversation and the formation of community within the learning environment. These principles are described as feminist and anti-oppression in their focus particularly because they value the voice and opinion of all and specifically make space for marginalized opinions, views that do not coincide with the values and focus of dominant cultural perspecti...
Keywords: Feminist liberation theology--Study and teaching
|Re-visioning Martha - Yamaguchi, Satoko|
In this thesis I have tried to illuminate the importance of using a different historical imagination in revisioning our traditions and history. A different historical imagination enables us to ask new questions, and they, in turn, lead us to further expansion of even more different historical imaginations. In my search for a different historical imagination, I have also tried to illustrate the importance of who tells what stories and how they are told...
Keywords: Martha, Saint
|Tuned to the source: an exploration of queer sexuality and spirituality in leather, life and scripture - Brown, Lea D.|
My thesis will explore the healing power found in the union of sexuality and spirituality... sharing evidence of how it is transformational in the lives of queer people, and demonstrating whre evidence of it can be found in scripture. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church
|Divine diversity: The Church's challenge or god's greatest imagination - Provis, Robyn A.|
This thesis is a testament to my struggle to say something important that counts - to articulate a holy hunch ... The diversity found within humanity is both intentional and incarnational, and can provide an embodied means to genuine community, becuase it is the essence of and a gift from God. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Christianity and culture
|Anti-oppression visual art in churches: Saint John's Memorial Chapel at Episcopal Divinity School as a case study - Scheyer, Joyce Mack|
This study will help to prepare lay and ordained ministers in the Episcopal church to notice the exclusion of African-Americans from visual art in worship space. My observations about what I found and what was missing in visual art in various churches led me to write this thesis. This study is designed to meet the current need for Christian education and to prepare ministers to lead worship in liturgical space that is true to the evolving demographics of Episcopal parishes...
Keywords: Art and religion
|Faith and vocational crisis in the experience of Episcopal clergy - James C. Knudson|
The truism that clergy are human includes the facts that clergy are just as prone to suffer the kind of life-crisis that other people suffer as they face the change of perspective of the second half of life. The point of view from which this thesis proceeds is that life-crisis will not be prevented by excellent formation early in a person’s ordained life, but that good early formation could mitigate some of the worst effects in later years...
Keywords: Episcopal Church--Clergy
|Striking scenes: theo-ethical dimensions of film - Culbertson, Meghan Sumner.|
The primary purpose of this project is to draw on … different disciplines in order to analyze and critique two particular films [Thelma and Louise, Do the Right Thing] within the context of theology and ethics. -- Abstract
Keywords: Thelma & Louise (Motion picture)
|Souls in a state of emergence-y : work in progress - Happe, Lois Koester.|
To investigate the spirituality of women at mid-life who had made a significant decision concerning their identity and allegiance, one that had changes the course of their lives … In part, an effort to record and reflect the process of making /discovering the meaning of an important period in my life. -- Abstract
Keywords: Feminist theology
|Returning to holy wells : reflections on refreshing God's people - West, Paul Francis|
At its heart this thesis is an invitation. I invite the reader to share the journey stated in the thesis title: Returning to Holy Wells: Reflections on Refreshing God’s People.” That returning must never cease because our spiritual grounding unfolds as a continuous process and through the repetition of what we practice. It can be no other way for we do not ‘own’ the Holy. We grow thirsty on such a journey, and we need repeated refreshment for our deepest spiritual thirsts...
Keywords: Eucharistic prayers--Episcopal Church--Liturgy
|Pilgrimage and divinity : crossroads of place, time and space - Vincent, Charlene.|
This thesis is born out of the belief that we, each and every one, have an innate ability to shed all that is earthly and “to be” in Sacred space i.e. to be one with the Divine. Whether this occurs ona mountaintop, a city street, a holy site, a church, a synagogue, mosque, or temple or at seminary; whether it involves rituals, sights and sounds belonging to a specific place; or whether it can be found in the absence of all of the above, are questions that I seek to answer through my research...
Keywords: Vincent, Charlene
|Communual grief in relationship to HIV/AIDS - Schwaigert, Axel|
I will develop a way to understand and communicate communal grief as a process the HIV/AIDS-affected community has to go through. I will offer this as a development of grief theory in a narrative form as a Village of Grief. I will then apply this grief theory to the situation of HIV/AIDS. In order to do so I will offer a theoretical definition of the HIV/AIDS-affected community. In a next step I will describe several exemplary expressions of communal HIV/AIDS-related grief in the past and come t...
Keywords: AIDS (Disease) -- Psychological aspects
|Song of the Soul - Moore, Diane L.|
The vast discrepancy between the number of lesbian clergy who are out, employed and valued and the majority who are forced to remain closeted to retain the respect they have earned is staggering in both number and implication. Denominations that officially refuse to ordain “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals” are accepting them into the ranks of the clergy by the score as long as they remain closeted...
Keywords: Lesbian clergy
|Situating reading, shaping divinity: Luce Irigaray, interpretation, theology - Russell, Richar|
As an activist and political rhetorician, Luce Irigaray continually positions her work vis-à-vis communities of women who are struggling against the oppressive logic of phallocentrism and its conception of the divine, yet her audience has been and continues to be academic feminists whose disciplinary interests rarely lead them to construct liturgies and socially-enacted rhetorics designed to test the practical force of Luce Irigaray’s theological reflections...
Keywords: Irigaray, Luce
|Liturgical change: of life, liberty, pursuit - Blacklock, Martha|
When we began I was looking for an experience in liturgy that would transform me into someone capable of living justly and compassionately. And I was an Episcopal priest with responsibility to see that sacraments happen. And now? The same. With a blind, formless, sniffing hunch that there is a way of acting, a performance, a gesture? that can turn us to the death and resurrection that creates every possibility for a life restored … The point! That we’re that close, all the time, to some vivi...
Keywords: Spiritual life--Christianity
|Towards 'companerismo' : a theology of relational embodiment - Wetherilt, Ann.|
In a society and culture slowly awakening to the impact of rampant individualism and self-serving action, the quest for “community” has become a central focus of life for many people here in these United States. I particular, the concept has been picked up by the Christian churches as they reflect on the “communal” foundation of their faith, as they understand it. It is the contention of this paper that much of what is sought and understood as “community” falls short of the commitmen...
|Building sacred space for the new millennium - Smith, Amelia L. J.|
This thesis reviews five specific examples on Unitarian Universalist architecture in the past decade. A guiding question for my study of these buildings has been whether or not these worship spaces and churches reflect the identity of the religious communities they shelter. To begin with, I will provide a brief and general overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of these buildings. A brief history of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist architecture provides an import...
Keywords: Unitarian Universalist church buildings--United States
|A plan for individual engagement in advancing the Millenium Development Goals - Bronson, William E.|
The thesis will address the question - what can we do to mitigate the tragedy of over 20,000 of our fellow human beings dying every day in the developing world due to hunger, disease, exposure, and neglect.--Abstract.
Keywords: UN Millennium Project
|Lesbians and horticulture, lesbians and art: how we can live pastorally, ethically, and creatively - Blanchett-Ramsey, Penny|
My thesis is a view of how we can live pastorally, ethically, and creatively from transgendered lesbian bodies, principles and practices. -- Abstract
Keywords: Lesbianism in art
|Come to the water : the queer congregation as healing community - Saniuk, Joan M.|
Metropolitan Community Churches, and other queer-affirming congregations, are communities of faith for a population that is at once privileged and oppressed: privileged, because those who self-identify as queer are often from the middle and professional classes, and oppressed because of the social and religious anti-queer stigma that is still a very large part of the dominant culture. Because of this oppression, it is predictable that congregants will, to some extent, experience feelings of grie...
Keywords: Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches
|Two men, two movements and our call to seek justice: Bayard Rustin, Troy Perry and the civil rights and gay rights movements - Dubose, Renee|
The impetus for this thesis was the 2004 grassroots effort to defeat Amendment 1 in my home state of Georgia. During that experience I witnessed some of the unfinished racial and relational work that exists between members of the African American and GLBT communities as well as the tension of those who identify as both African American and GLBT. This paper offers insights regarding some of the similarities and differences of the Civil Rights and Gay Rights Movements in order to continue the dial...
Keywords: Perry, Troy D
|Queering church : integrating queer theology in congregational life in Metropolitan Community churches - Amos, Kharma R.|
A contribution to the conversation taking place in MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) about how we can practically recognize and draw upon our unique perspectives and strengths, of which I believe queer theology to be the primary tool, in order to live faithfully into our vision. -- Abstract
Keywords: Queer theory
|Recreating our stories : a theological journey with anger - Buxton, Rosemarie C.|
A reflection on stories of anger within the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly as they relate to women, some of the history of the theology and ethics of anger, and finally, on the psychological, pastoral, and even health consequences for women of the expression and repression of anger.--Abstract.
Keywords: Jesus Christ--Person and offices
|Toward fellow sinners: an ethical and historical exploration of the penology of Miriam Van Waters - Sakalas, Joan M.|
The focus of the thesis is on the ethical foundations of Miriam Van Waters' penology, the process of locating those values entails a braid of several disciplines: biographical research, historical research, and Christian social ethics. -- Abstract
Keywords: Van Waters, Miriam
|Theological and pragmatic investigation of a sacred "hang out" space for youth in Manchester, Massachusetts - Harris, Andrew Sturgis|
In this thesis I have explored the need of middle school children in Manchester for “a place” to “hang out.” Toward that end, I have also explored my own life path and the reasons I know that I am called by God to work for “a place’ of these children in Manchester. I have concluded that there are overwhelming theological, ethical, and social imperatives supporting this goal. Nonetheless, I have also concluded that Manchester has a long history of shortchanging its children...
Keywords: Church work with teenagers--Massachusetts--Manchester
|Immigrant youth ministry : identity formation and second-generation Church of South India young people - Mathews, Koshy|
This thesis focuses on the racial and religious identity development of second-generation Kerala Christian Americans belonging to the Church of South India (CSI) congregations in North America. The primary purpose of this study is to develop ways to carry out ethnic youth ministry that would be sensitive to the ethnic identity formation of second-generation young people. In the exploration of such a ministry, this study makes the assertion that ethnic identity development of these young people s...
Keywords: Church of South India--United States
|Through the looking glass : Identity, community and sacrament in virtual reality - Hipsher, B. K.|
Drawing on over three years of ministry in the virtual world of Second Life as a case study, this thesis explores the question, “Is online ministry ethical and effective for the spiritual development of individuals in the formation of a faith community?” We explore why many people are suspicious of the possibility of relating to others in virtual reality. Addressing the obvious issues of perceived and real anonymity, we consider how virtual relationships are similar and different to face-to-...
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church; Virtual reality--Religious aspects; Second Life (Game); Shared virtual environments; Technology--Religious aspects
|There were also women : the Gospel according to Anna - Alsop, Pauline D|
... a brief glimpse of how the story of Jesus might have appeared to a woman disciple who, unlike any of the canonical evangelists, was an eyewitness to many of the events of his life, death and resurrection, as imagined by a late twentieth century feminist. -- Abstract
Keywords: Bible.N.T. Gospels--Feminist criticism
|Episcopal female clergy leaders of African heritage: trailblazers and colleagues - Coleman, Karen|
"Episcopal female clergy leaders of African heritage: trailblazers and colleagues" is a two part work focused on two groups of women and their stories, spiritual formation, ministry and struggles. The first part consists of interviews with five of the first eleven African American women ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church. The second section looks at the ministry of some of my colleagues, whose paths I have crossed during our ministry, who have or are working in all or predominantly whit...
Keywords: African American women--Religious life
|Walking with storms: lesbians in AIDS work - Walters, Jennifer L.|
Among those who work with AIDS organizations, lesbians occupy the margins. In the gay community, communites of color and in the health care industry, the contributions of lesbians to the work against AIDS goes unacknowledged ... This is my attempt to learn from and give voice to lesbians of every race, ethnicity and religious heritage who have chosen to walk with this storm. - Abstract.
Keywords: AIDS (Disease) -- Religious aspects
|Averting our gaze: Passing in the lives of white, working class lesbians - Wilson, Julie.|
Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Theology. -- Abstract
Keywords: Passing (Identity)
|Women in the Christian church: the Taiwanese case - Wu, Fu Ya|
A presentation of the experiences of Taiwanese women in the Christian church as a small contribution to Taiwanese Christian women and to the global women's movement. - Abstract.
|Recovering hospitality : toward a partaking community - Wood, William James.|
This thesis explored the practice of hospitality and how the church and its institutions can recover the age-old practice of hospitality in an era of market church survival. This essay is not so much a “how to do it” cookbook, although it tis grounded in experience and context, as it is ammunition in making the claim that church institutions and organizations can be transformed into living centers of mutual empowerment.-- Abstract.
Keywords: St. John's Episcopal Church (Wichita, Kan.)
|A pearl in the mud: ritual and anti-cosmic dualism in the Gospel of Philip - Bowley, Ryan|
An attempt to explain how ritual acts can exist in the Gopel of Philip, a test that constitutes a component of a gnostic theological discourse in which created material being is evil. --Conclusion (p. 42).
Keywords: Philip, the Evangelist, Saint
|The formation of spiritual community - Moore, Ralph M.|
Another way of putting this is I am not speaking of discovery. Rather, it is revelation. Something existed in the situations of some people in a certain place long before I found it and declared it important to me. I am in the vulnerable position of colonialist. The northern world is finally hearing indigenous native peoples describe the devastating results to them of being “discovered” by European colonizers...
Keywords: Church work--Community outreach
|Towards a theology of personhood : the gift of the Alzheimer Christian as a way of re-connecting ourselves to God, through which the reclaiming of the gifts of the church can assist us - Haggart, Blair Alan|
The questions that have informed my journey have been posed in light of profound relationships with remarkable people who happen to suffer from a very strange and difficult disorder. Their journeys have been fraught with uncertainty and have put tremendous emotional strain on family and friends. In seeking answers to my questions, I was invited to witness their personal struggles to maintain some form of connection with the very pulse that gives them life...
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease -- Patients -- Religious life
|The storm of Isaiah in John Adams's El Nino - Betz, Madelyn|
With a primary focus on the Isaiah texts from the librettos of Adams's musical work [El Nino], this thesis will document how the texts are used to tell the story of the nativity. -- Abstract
|Our final voyage : the Titanic and the Ark as models for environmental survival - Spilecki, Susan|
This master's thesis will offer two models to examine worldviews for human survival: the Titanic and the Ark. I conclude that the Ark represents the preferable worldview from an ecological perspective and argue that it is the basis for a more egalitarian view of laity in the church. I also suggest similar such studies as the basis for lay-led Christian formation activities centered on Creation care.
Keywords: Ecotheology; Human ecology--Religious aspects--Christianity; Animals--Religious aspects--Christianity; Environmental ethics
|Newman's theory of development and its historical context - Molleur, Michael B. Joseph.|
This thesis will explore [John Henry] Newman’s notion of the development of doctrine, with attention to the historical context in which he wrote. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890. Theory of developments in religious doctrine
|How then shall we live? An interreligious eco-justice model for the local community - Schell-Lambert, Anita Louise.|
The aim of this thesis is to examine the global environmental crisis that has escalated in the last decade, and to explore what people of faith, specifically people adopting Buddhist and Christian ecofeminist views of the environment, can bring to the moral dilemma. --Abstract.
Keywords: Ecofeminism--Religious aspects--Christianity
|Feminist liberation : a call to revolution - Brebner, Linda Benson|
The goals of the thesis: To identify the ways in which Liberal Feminism points or fails to point the way to Feminist Liberation. -- To discover what personally, institutionally, societally, and intellectually blocks and facilitates white, middle-strata feminist Presbyterian clergywomen in moving more consistently toward Feminist Liberation. -- To uncover the limitations and risks of feminist Presbyterian clergywomen continuing to affirm and use a Liberal Feminist analysis as a foundation base fo...
Keywords: Presbyterian Church--Clergy
|For all God's people : Diverse people of faith for ecumenical witness and public policy - Merritt, James Edward.|
A thesis project in which I will bring together my personal journey to ministry into dialogue with issues of diversity and justice through ecumenical witness, social movements for justice, and engagement in public policy. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church
|From contention to transformation : a liturgical, theological, and dialogical journey to holy and common ground - Bates-Makarias, Priscilla|
To test the theory that the Book of Common Prayer can be a vehicle through which the Church can engage any difficult and contentious issue, my thesis will focus on the development of a dialogue through liturgy that could lead the Church to a theology of Christian Marriage that is inclusive of both heterosexual and homosexual persons. -- Abstract
Keywords: Marriage--Religious aspects--Episcopal Church
|Narrative theology and narrative counseling : implications for pastoral care - Eoyang, Thomas.|
This essay is an exploration of narrative theology as a theological development of the twentieth century, and it suggests connections to and implications for pastoral ministry in the specific area of pastoral counseling. -- Abstract
Keywords: Narrative theology
|Interpreting Perpetua and her dreams - Mitchell, Jerrold I. W.|
This thesis … will examine the challenges of the Perpetua text itself; … consider the importance of dreams and dream theories in the ancient world; explore the modern interpretations of Perpetua’s dreams; … present the author’s alternate interpretation, focusing on the use of women’s dreams as a means of empowerment … will explore how the lessons how the lessons learned from the study of Perpetua’s dreams have impacted my ministry as a trustee and fund manager...
Keywords: Perpetua, Saint, d. 203
|An examination of Paul's theological statements in Romans 9-11 regarding the status of the law and salvation of the Jews after the advent and resurrection of Jesus - Mathews, Thomas E.|
Thesis (M.Div.)--Episcopal Divinity School, 2003.
Keywords: Paul, the Apostle, Saint--Views on Jews and Judaism